School & Sports Physicals
If your child needs an annual physical before school starts, now is the best time to schedule an appointment. UnityPoint Clinic can help check this off your summer to-do list and keep your family healthy.
Keep up with vaccines
If you are ready for your child to received the COVID-19 vaccine (for approved age groups), he or she can get all needed vaccines at the same time. It may result in a sore arm or leg for a few days, but all vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.
Skip the phone call
If you already have a UnityPoint Clinic primary care provider, take advantage of appointment scheduling through MyChart. Here's how:
- Go to chart.myunitypoint.org and sign in.
- To register for an account, click Sign Up Now. If you had a MyUnityPoint activation code given to you at your last appointment, enter it along with the last four digits of your social security number and date of birth.
- If you don't have an activation code, you can request one by answering a few more questions to confirm your identity.
- When you are signed in to your account, download the MyChart app for access to your health information on any device. You will need to request proxy access to view health information for a dependent.
- Click Appointments/Visits > Schedule an Appointment and choose your provider to see open appointment times and schedule yours!
Or, you can request an appointment online.
Find a UnityPoint Clinic provider
Learn more about how we are providing safe care during the pandemic. Or, see the map below to find a UnityPoint Clinic location near you – call us and our staff will be happy to help.
Sports Physicals at Urgent Care
Sports physicals are also available at our Urgent Care locations. Patients can check-in online or walk-in. The cost is $39.00 and they are not covered by insurance.
Why schedule a physical?
Monitor Growth & Development
You and your doctor know your child – and your child's health – better than anyone else.
Having a primary care provider means you have a partner to track your child's health over time, as well as comprehensive knowledge on any previous hospitalizations, medications, allergies or illnesses, such as asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, which may interfere with your child's ability to safely participate in an activity.
Provide Comprehensive Health Assessment
In order for children to enroll in schools, or play in certain activities and sports, a school or sports physical may be required. A primary care provider performs the comprehensive checkup to make sure there are no alarming changes since your child's last visit. Included in the exam is a head-to-toe health assessment of your child's:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat
- Posture, joints, strength and flexibility
If your child's doctor does detect any abnormalities, he or she can prescribe the appropriate next steps to ensure your child is properly cared for or treated in a timely manner, so that he or she may still be able to safely participate in the activity on time.
Make Sure Vaccinations are Up-to-Date
Keeping current on vaccinations is important at any age, but it is especially important for children. Children require specific vaccinations at certain ages to create immunity to potentially harmful, even life-threatening, diseases. During your exam, your child's primary care physician will make sure he or she is up-to-date with all vaccinations according to guidelines set by the CDC and required by schools.
Provide Guidance Pertinent to Participation
Your child's pre-participation physical exam is also a great opportunity to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have about his or her physical or emotional well-being. In addition to serving as an important resource for your medical questions, your child's physician will also be able to provide tips pertaining to injury prevention, training, nutrition and a range of other topics specifically designed to help your child become a stronger, healthier and safer participant.